Dental implants, one of the major dental services of restorative dentistry, are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Other than tooth replacement, a dental implant procedure also provides excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. This tooth replacement option requires advanced dental techniques performed by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. They serve as a permanent solution to tooth decay, tooth loss or tooth extraction, and resemble your natural tooth. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced at your implant dentistry clinic due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting dental implant surgery requires a number of visits to the implant dentistry clinic over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second dental procedure or oral surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor by a professional implant dentist. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period and proper dental care, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive dental medicine and implant care instructions when your treatment is completed. Develop a complete oral health habit. Experts of dental implants in Algonquin Il strongly advise good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our Dental Implants Algonquin office.